Rick Nelson And The Stone Canyon Band* ‎– Garden Party

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DL 7-5391, DL 75391 Rick Nelson And The Stone Canyon Band* Garden Party(LP, Album) Decca, Decca DL 7-5391, DL 75391 US 1972 Sell This Version
6-5391 Rick Nelson And The Stone Canyon Band* Garden Party(8-Trk, Album) Decca 6-5391 US 1972 Sell This Version
6-5391 Rick Nelson And The Stone Canyon Band* Garden Party(8-Trk, Album) Decca 6-5391 US 1972 Sell This Version
73-5391, C 113907 Rick Nelson And The Stone Canyon Band* Garden Party(Cass, Album) Decca, MCA Records 73-5391, C 113907 US 1972 Sell This Version
MDKS 8009 Rick Nelson And The Stone Canyon Band* Garden Party(LP, Album) MCA Records MDKS 8009 UK 1972 Sell This Version
DL 7-5391 Rick Nelson And The Stone Canyon Band* Garden Party(LP, Album) Decca DL 7-5391 Canada 1972 Sell This Version
SMCA 577 Rick Nelson And The Stone Canyon Band* Garden Party(LP, Album) MCA Records SMCA 577 South Africa 1972 Sell This Version
MCG 3515 Rick Nelson And The Stone Canyon Band* Garden Party(LP, Album) MCA Records MCG 3515 UK 1972 Sell This Version
MAPS 6422 Rick Nelson And The Stone Canyon Band* Garden Party(LP, Album) MCA Records MAPS 6422 Italy 1972 Sell This Version
410006 Rick Nelson And The Stone Canyon Band* Garden Party(LP, Album) MCA Records 410006 France 1972 Sell This Version
DL 75391, DL 7-5391 Rick Nelson And The Stone Canyon Band* Garden Party(LP, Album) Decca, Decca DL 75391, DL 7-5391 US 1972 Sell This Version
MAPS 6422 Rick Nelson And The Stone Canyon Band* Garden Party(LP, Album) MCA Records MAPS 6422 Australia 1972 Sell This Version
SKAO-94897, DL 7-5391, 94897 Rick Nelson And The Stone Canyon Band* Garden Party(LP, Album, Club) Decca, Decca, Decca SKAO-94897, DL 7-5391, 94897 US 1972 Sell This Version
MAPS 6422 Rick Nelson And The Stone Canyon Band* Garden Party(LP, Album, Gat) MCA Records International MAPS 6422 Germany 1972 Sell This Version
DL 7-5391, DL 75391 Rick Nelson And The Stone Canyon Band* Garden Party(LP, Album, Gat) Decca, Decca DL 7-5391, DL 75391 US 1972 Sell This Version
MAPS 6422 Rick Nelson And The Stone Canyon Band* Garden Party(LP, Album, Promo) MCA Records MAPS 6422 Italy 1972 Sell This Version
MCA-62 Rick Nelson And The Stone Canyon Band* Garden Party(LP, Album, Club, RE) MCA Records MCA-62 US 1973 Sell This Version
MCA 5148 Rick Nelson & The Stone Canyon Band Garden Party(LP, Gat) MCA Records, Inc. MCA 5148 Japan 1973 Sell This Version
MCG 3515, 0C 064 ◦ 95040, MAPS 6422 Rick Nelson And The Stone Canyon Band* Garden Party(LP, RE, Gat) MCA Records, MCA Records, MCA Records MCG 3515, 0C 064 ◦ 95040, MAPS 6422 UK 1974 Sell This Version
NTMCD540 Rick Nelson And The Stone Canyon Band* Garden Party(CD, Album, RE) Nectar Masters NTMCD540 UK 1997 Sell This Version
MCAD-31364 Rick Nelson And The Stone Canyon Band* Garden Party(CD, Album) MCA Records MCAD-31364 US 1999 Sell This Version
MCAD-31364 Rick Nelson And The Stone Canyon Band* Garden Party(CD, Album) MCA Records MCAD-31364 US 1999 Sell This Version
MCAD-31364, MCD31364 Rick Nelson And The Stone Canyon Band* Garden Party(CD, Album, RE) MCA Records, MCA Records MCAD-31364, MCD31364 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
BGOLP38 Rick Nelson And The Stone Canyon Band* Garden Party(LP, Album) Bgo Records BGOLP38 UK Unknown Sell This Version
SKAO-94897, 94897, DL 7-5391 Rick Nelson And The Stone Canyon Band* Garden Party(LP, Album, Club) Decca, Decca, Decca SKAO-94897, 94897, DL 7-5391 US Unknown Sell This Version
MCA-62 Rick Nelson And The Stone Canyon Band* Garden Party(LP, Album, Club, RE, RCA) MCA Records MCA-62 US Unknown Sell This Version
DL 7-5391, MCA 62 Rick Nelson And The Stone Canyon Band* Garden Party(LP, Album, RE) Decca, MCA Records DL 7-5391, MCA 62 US Unknown Sell This Version
0042.034 Rick Nelson & The Stone Canyon Band Garden Party(LP, Album, RE) MCA Coral 0042.034 Germany Unknown Sell This Version

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April 21, 2019
referencing Garden Party, LP, Album, DL 7-5391, DL 75391

Say what you will about Rick Nelson, the album jacket for Garden Party is nothing short of stunning, with Rick looking more handsome than ever before in an embroidered velvet jacket, holding the neck of his rather heavy Les Paul Gibson in both hands.

“Garden Party,” a song of redemption and peace wasn’t the first self reflective number Nelson ever recorded, there was the equally haunting number “Teen Idol,” from back when. Though when it comes to this single, Rick’s vocals are even more present and clear than on any recording he’s ever made, coming across as strong, surprisingly intimate, controlled, earnest and with a visionary sense of honesty. On a whole, Garden Party (the album) is very ambitious, even lofty, where he pushes for a not larger than life, but a bigger sound. Nearly all of the songs are laced with an alternative gentle county feel, transitioning from quiet to loud with the production and engineering skills Nelson has learned from his previous incarnation as Ricky Nelson.

I’d like to imply in the most kind manner that there are conflicting styles and oddities that for some reason work in a most interesting fashion, yet as he did at his garden party, it feels as if Nelson’s restraining himself, when what he’d actually like to do is rip into “Honky Tonk Woman” and lay waste to the notions of whom he was, verses who he is. That being said Garden Party contains a large number of superior tracks. Just spin “So Long Mama,” a bouncy country tune with an almost boogie beat. “I Wanna Be With You,” written by former band member Randy Meisner, could easily have been a first rate Eagles number, where each song finds Nelson in a group setting and features superb harmonies and willing musical structures. Then there’s “Are You Really Real,” a sparse yet encompassing ballad that’s enhanced by a subtle use of flutes during the breaks. “A Flower Opens Gently” contains some of the most sophisticated lyrics that Rick Nelson would ever deliver, all in a song with biting yet not bitter commentary, paying tribute to our dead with the refrain “goodbye, so long.”

In many ways Garden Party stands as the last testament to an inspired and inspiring underrated artist who died far too young.

*** The Fun Facts … As to the song “Garden Party”: The lyrics to the song provide a detailed account of what transpired that fateful evening at Madison Square Garden, with listeners continually attempting to connect the dots. “My old friends,” refers to the other artists on the bill that night, Bo Diddley, Bobby Rydell and the Coasters. “Yoko brought her walrus” was a nod to John Lennon (“I Am the Walrus) and Yoko Ono who were both at the show that evening. “I said hello to Mary Lou, she belongs to me” were two of the songs Nelson sang, while “I sang a song about a honky tonk,” referenced “Honky Tonk Woman” by the Rolling Stones, a cover Rick laid down. “Out stepped Johnny B. Goode” was a gesture to the night’s headliner Chuck Berry, as was the line “Playing guitar like ringing a bell,” a line from Berry’s 1958 hit sing. It seems the lyrics that most captured everyone’s attention were “Mr. Hughes hid in Dylan’s shoes.” While most thought Rick was referencing Howard Hughes, in reality it was Nelson’s dear friend George Harrison (of the Beatles) who was known to register at hotels using the name Hughes, and attended the show in disguise along with Mr. Dylan.

Review by Jenell Kesler